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Music For The Day: Ben’s Brother

Music By October 31, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

An early favorite from Joss Stone’s Colour Me Free album is the track featuring Jamie Hartman entitled, “Stalemate.” I did not know who Jamie Hartman was so I (naturally) googled. So it turns out, he has a band called Ben’s Brother for which he is front man. So it also turns out that Stalemate appears in their own album, “Battling Giants” and it has a special bonus track featuring Anastacia.

07271404040_promoBecause Joss Stone does not have a video yet for this song, I decided to embed the one with Anastacia on it. Anastacia does a superb job too! I am loving Anastacia in this one. 🙂

Stalemate

Did I let you down? No
Did I give you up? No
So what’s it all about now?
Was it not enough?
No, no, no

It’s alright, yeah
It’s okay, yeah
It’s alright with me
I’ll be fine, yeah
I don’t mind, yeah
I’ll pretend at least

But if you give me something, then I’ll believe it
Give me something and I will wait
But if you give me nothing
I can’t help feeling I’m in stalemate with you
Stalemate with you

Used to pick me up, yeah
Like a sunken pill
And I’ve been thinking it through
And we worked so well

But it feels wrong, yeah
When I’m strong alone, yeah
Strong alone by you
And the words you say, yeah
Just to get your way, yeah
Well they just won’t do
You got to…

Give me something, then I’ll believe it
Give me something and I will wait
But if you give me nothing
I can’t help feeling I’m in stalemate with you
Oh I’m in stalemate
Oh I’m in stalemate, baby
(Stalemate with you)

I need more
I need more
What are you waiting for?

It’s so frustrating
(So frustrating, baby)
You got to want it
(Yeah)
I’m so frustrated with your love
What you do to me
Oh, yeah, yeah
Hey
You got me in stalemate
Oooh
Hey, hey, hey
You got me in stalemate
Hey yeah
Oooh, don’t mug me, baby
Don’t mug me, love
You breakin’ my heart now
Don’t you break my heart, no
Don’t you break my heart

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You can be a fan of the band on Facebook.

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Their debut album, Beta Male Fairytales, was released on August 6, 2007 and carried the song “Let Me Out” for which they were nominated in 2008 for an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Let Me Out

You sit and you stare and you wait and you wonder
You think “Maybe it’s me and I’m being a fool.”
You start to believe it’s a curse that you’re under
And you’re just a doll for a girl who is cruel
With a pin

(Chorus)
So let me out
Or let me in
And tell me how, we can win
Cause I really wanna know now
Before I begin
To let you go (to let you go)
So let me know

I’d rather be wandering hungry and homeless
Than here in the warmth of a silent defeat
You’ve gotta be honest with me and be ruthless
‘stead of shifting uncomfortably there in your seat
And your skin

(Chorus)

And who’d’ve thought I’d have the strength to say
“Let me out or let me in”
But as the words are pouring from my mouth
I wanna say them again, and again and again

So let me out
Or let me in
And tell me how, we can win
Cause I really wanna know now
Before I begin
To let you go (to let you go)
Oh
Let me out, or let me in,
Oh no no
And tell me how
We can win
Oh no I really wanna know now
Before I begin
Oh to let you go, to let you go
Let me know

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To visit Ben’s Brother’s official website, click here.

To read what Wikipedia has on the band, click here.

To visit their MySpace page, click here.

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While going through their YouTube channel, I found this interesting performance. An acoustic performance of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face at the Gap shop. It’s quite cool actually. I can’t really say I’m a fan of Lady Gaga but there really was a time when Lia’s face brightened up with this real cute smile every time she heard Lady Gaga’s music. Lia loved Let’s Dance too.

Of course after watching this video, I went looking for other acoustic versions of Lady Gaga’s songs and I found her performances at the Marc Jacobs Aftershow Party. It was awesome to watch her sing her dance songs with she herself playing on this white grand piano. Amazing if you think that Britney for all her great performances at her concerts, all the singing and dancing, can never sing and play her own songs.. on a big white grand piano – all by herself. I don’t know. Hahaha. Am I just being carried away?! Hahaha.

I do remember Lia watching Lady Gaga on TV in one of her interviews on CNN. That’s quite something because Lia does not watch TV, but she paused to watch the interview for the entire duration. It’s not like she can understand what was going on. I don’t know with her! Hahaha. Don’t ask me, I have no explanation. I’m just sharing. 😉

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Fuck You (Very Much) Twenty Two – Lily Allen for the Day

Music By October 24, 2009 No Comments

So today I am off to do something quite exciting, at least to my opinion. I’m going to be gone the entire day, which I think is, only going to be the second longest time I’m going to be away from the baby since she was born. It’s so much easier to leave her in the evening since she only sleeps all night, with only a bottle every three hours while she sleeps. During the day, she is more awake to play, with only an hour or two of naps about two to three times during the entire day. I do not really think Ryan is looking forward to spending the entire day with the baby all by himself. It would I think be the first time he would spend a day like this with her.

Anyhow, though today seems like a bleak and dreary day, there will be no raining on my parade for today. And because of that, I’m going off into the day with Lily Allen’s music in my head. Cheers to that! Lily Allen I love youuuu! 😀

I do not really relate much to the lyrics but who cares? Who says it always has to do something with the lyrics?! 😛

22

When she was 22 the future looked bright
But she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night
I see that look in her face, she’s got that look in her eye
She’s thinking how did I get here and wondering why

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say
‘Til the man of her dreams comes along
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder
It seems so unlikely in this day and age

She’s got an alright job but it’s not a career
Whenever she thinks about it, it brings her to tears
‘Cause all she wants is a boyfriend, she gets one night stands
She’s thinking how did I get here, I’m doing all that I can

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say
‘Til the man of her dreams comes along
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder
It seems so unlikely in this day and age

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say
‘Til the man of her dreams comes along
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder
It seems so unlikely in this day and age

Fuck You (Very Much)


Look inside,
Look inside your tiny mind
Now look a bit harder
Cause we’re so uninspired,
so sick and tired of all the
hatred you harbor

So you say
It’s not okay to be gay
Well I think you’re just evil
You’re just some racist who
can’t tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

Fuck you (Fuck you)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don’t stay in touch

Fuck you (Fuck You)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don’t translate
And it’s getting quite late
So please don’t stay in touch

Do you get,
Do you get a little kick out of
being slow minded?
You want to be like your father
It’s approval your after
Well that’s not how you find it

Do you,
Do you really enjoy living a
life that’s so hateful?
Cause there’s a hole where
your soul should be
Your losing control of it and
it’s really distasteful

Fuck you (Fuck You)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don’t stay in touch

Fuck you (Fuck You)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don’t
translate and it’s getting
quite late
So please don’t stay in touch

Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you,
Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you,
Fuck yooooou

You say
You think we need to go to war
well you’re already in one
Cause it’s people like you
who need to get slew
No one wants your opinion

Fuck you (Fuck You)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don’t stay in touch

Fuck you (Fuck You)
Fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don’t
translate and it’s getting
quite late
So please don’t stay in touch

Fuck you, Fuck you
Fuck you, Fuck you
Fuck you, Fuck you

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Today I also pay my friend for the fish I am buying from her. The fish I think is still in L.U. and I am very much looking forward to trying it out very, very soon! Maybe next week in Baler? Maybe, just maybe? 🙂

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Grab, grab, grab Joss Stone’s Colour Me Free

Music By October 23, 2009 1 Comment
Colour Me Free

Colour Me Free

Click here to visit Joss Stone’s official website. Watch the videos.. because they are so… so… interesting. Hahaha!

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“Colour Me FreeTrack Listing:
1. “Free Me”
2. “Could Have Been You”
3. “Parallel Lines” (featuring Jeff Beck and Sheila E.)
4. “Lady”
5. “4 and 20”
6. “Big ‘Ol Game” (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
7. “Governmentalist” (featuring Nas)
8. “Incredible”
9. “You Got the Love”
10. “I Believe It to My Soul” (featuring David Sanborn)
11. “Stalemate” (featuring Jamie Hartman)
12. “Girlfriend on Demand”

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Alright, since I’m a huge Robbie Williams fan and I like “Angels” so much, this video deserves to be embedded here. 😀 Oh things like these just make me giddy. Hihihi. Or maybe, my giddiness doesn’t have anything to do with this video. Maybe, giddy is just how I am these days. I’ve no idea why, really…but is that not just great!?

Performed at the February 2005 BRIT Awards where Joss Stone was nominated for British Breakthrough Act; and won British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act—entering the Guinness World Records as the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age seventeen.

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I had her 2004 album, “Mind, Body and Soul“, and listened to it a lot while I was in El Nido in 2005-06. I rather liked Snakes and Ladders a lot then. Mindset, people, mindset! 😀 The following music video is of the album’s lead single and Joss Stone’s biggest hit in the U.K. (or maybe everywhere too) to date, “You Had Me”.

To read what Wikipedia has on Joss Stone, click here.

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Lily Allen I Love Youuuuu!!!

Music By October 21, 2009 No Comments

I don’t think Lily Allen is into making music videos much. Hahaha. Even the one playing on MTV these days doesn’t have her face, pretty as it is, on it. But I love you Lily Allen! Lia and I dance to your music! And you make us uber-happy. Hahaha!

Thank you Neil Quiambao for sharing your music with me. Love “Alright Still” and… I love you Lily Allen!!!!

Forgetting the lyrics to your own song is just so.. Lily Allen and… Amy Winehouse. Hahaha.

Oh, when am I going to Brazil me wonders.

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This is what Wikipedia has on Lily Allen.

Check out her cool MySpace page.

And I suppose, this is her official website? Question mark on that. 😛

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Yes darling, It’s Not Me, It’s You!

Lifted. Click on image to go to site.

Lifted. Click on image to go to site.

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I have to get me that new album….

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Click here to watch Lily Allen’s music video of Smile. (Embedding disabled by request.)

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Bamboo I Want You!

Design, Technology By October 20, 2009 No Comments

Bamboo-Touch

Wala lang, gusto ko lang nito. Hahaha! Pa-sosyal lang. Kahit di ako marunong mag-Photoshop.

Matutututo kaya akong mag-Photoshop pag nagkaron ako ng ganito?
O mas mag-eenjoy lang ako lalo sa paglalaro ng Facebook games?

Nuninuninuninu…

Click here to learn more about the Wacom Bamboo tablet.

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Travel Factor’s UBBE+SNUBA Bohol (December 5-8 2009)

Travel Factor By October 19, 2009 Tags: , , 1 Comment
Travel Factors UBBE+SNUBA Bohol

Travel Factor’s UBBE+SNUBA Bohol

Travel Factor’s Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience and Snorkeling/Scuba Diving adventure
Dec 5 – 8, 2009
Bohol, Philippines

What is SNUBA?
SNUBA stands for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. It’s a Travel Factor trip that caters to both divers and non-divers.

Package Rate:
depending on total number of participants
P7,000 per pax (if 5 participants)
P6,000 per pax (if 10 participants)

Package Inclusion:
• roundtrip service from airport to resort (includes van transfers)
• 3 nights aircon accommodation in Panglao Island, Bohol
• free use of resort amenities: swimming pool, etc.
• guided tour with service and entrance fees
• aircon van for the Countryside Tours
• lunch at Loboc on board a floating restaurant w/ serenade
• boat transfers from resort to Dolphin watching area / Balicasag Island
• Travel Insurance
• Travel Factor ID

not included:
• roundtrip airfare and terminal fee
• snorkelling/scuba diving gears and fees
• other meals not part of package

Itinerary Summary:
Dec 5 – arrival in Bohol; check-in at resort; free time (relax, swim, dive)
Dec 6 – Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling at Balicasag Island. option to scuba dive.
Dec 7 – whole day Bohol Countryside Tours
Dec 8 – free time; flight to Manila

* Whole day Countryside Tour including Chocolate Hills, Bilar man-made forest, Tarsier watching in Loboc, Loboc river cruise w/ lunch & serenade, Clarin House, Hinagdanan Cave, Phyton Mini Zoo, Baclayon Church & Museum, Hanging Bridge, Blood Compact Marker, Souvenir Shopping, Bohol Bee Farm

For more information, visit the Travel Factor site.

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Owraaayttt! Ok, I am still waiting for the poster for this event but as I am overly-igzayded I am already reposting. It seemed like the Cebu Pacific website was down or having server problems, probably from too many people accessing it so thank you so much for Leia Nagal for helping me book the tickets through phone. Thanks much! I am excited to go on a TF trip again. I am excited to be on a TF trip with you again Leia. The last time was Coron back in June 2008 and that was more than a year ago!

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Maria Mena – I Think I Have A Problem, I Think I Think Too Much

Music By October 18, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Fragile (Free)

I’ve been walking around all day, thinking
I think i have a problem, I think I think too much
I’ve been taught to hold back my tears and avoid them
But you’ve made pain into something I could touch

I’ve been walking around all day, laughing
Think I’d be better off without you here
And I bet you are sweet and hard to get over
So I’ll cry and people will stop and stare
Now that’s ok, let them stop and stare…

Coz I am fragile
I am hopeless
I’m not perfect
But I am free…

I’ve been walking around all day, waiting
And waiting is all I seem to do
´cause I never get it unless I’m fed it
But this time I’ll just have to
Yeah this time I’ll just have to…

And I am fragile
I am hopeless
I’m not perfect
But I am free…

Say you’re not around… am I finished?
If you’re not around that’s too bad
Hope you’re safe and sound, not alone now
´cause you know I believe in you…

I am so fragile
I am so hopeless
I’m not perfect
But I am free…

And I am fragile
I am hopeless
I’m not perfect
But I am free…

Cos I am fragile
I am hopeless
I’m not perfect
But I am free

I’m posting videos of Maria Mena, one from each album that I have. Maria Mena is one of those music influences I got from Nick from the many times I hung out at their house. I used to listen a lot to her songs back in 2007, mornings actually, with c&c. Some sort of pick-me-up-in-the-morning music. Fragile(Free) is a song from “White Turns Blue“, her international debut album released in 2004.

I rather loved “A Few Small Bruises” and “Just A Little Bit” too.

Click here to listen to samples.

Just Hold Me

Comfortable as I am,
I need your reassurance
Comfortable as you are,
You count the days
But if I wanted silence I would whisper
If I wanted loneliness I’d choose to go
If I liked rejection I’d audition
And if I didn’t love you, you would know

So why can’t you just hold me,
how come it’s so hard?
Do you like to see me broken?
Why do I still care?

You say you see the light now
at the end of this narrow hall
I wish it didn’t matter
I wish I didn’t give you all

But if I wanted silence I would whisper
If I wanted loneliness I’d choose o go
If I liked rejection I’d audition
And if I didn’t love you, you would know

So why can’t you just hold me
How come it’s so hard?
Do you like to see me broken?
Why do I still care?

Poor little misunderstood baby
No one likes a sad face
But I can’t remember life without him
I think I did have good days
I’m sure I did have good days

So why

Apparently Unaffected” was released in 2005.  I tend to sing ‘Nevermind Me” when I feel like I’m a wallflower. Yeah, cast shadows on your walls… and, bottle up your smile and pour it in a cup.  “Calm under the Waves” is a track I like to listen to when I’m on a boat heading to some island. I guess those are my favorite tracks from this album, that I bought from Powerbooks in Bonifacio High Street by the way. (Hahaha!)

You may click here to listen to samples.


All This Time

You self destructive little girl
Pick yourself up don’t blame the world
So you screwed up but you’re gonna be ok
Now call your boyfriend and apologize
You pushed him pretty far away last night
He really loves you
You just don’t always love yourself.

(Chorus)
And all this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push
All this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push

Think all the mean girls that pulled your hair
Are barefoot now and pregnant there
And you write pop songs
And get to travel around the world

(Chorus)
And all this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push
And all this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push

So you’ve had some detours some stupid men
Now we know what not to do again
Besides you lucked out
Finally

(Chorus)
And all this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push
All this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push

All this time
Ohhh all this time
You have had it in you
You just sometimes need a push

(Fading)
All this time
All this time

Cause and Effect is Maria Mena’s latest album and was released in 2008. “Power Trip Ballad“, “Dear” and “I’m On Your Side” are the tracks I like the most. Hah-hah-hah-hah! 😛

Click here to listen to samples.

Oh darn, I guess I am missing my Nokia 5300. Dammit.

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Tech-Savvy Lia

Family By October 17, 2009 No Comments

Since her mother is always on the laptop, it is only natural that she would be interested in whatever her mother does on the laptop all the time. She now types and clicks on the mouse. She even makes a habit of unplugging the power cord off the laptop when her mother is on the computer and ignoring her. Her doting father took these photos.

Lia typing on the laptop

October 11, 2009 on her father's work laptop

The comforter and Ilocos blankets are such an eyesore in this photo. Wish I can photoshop them away. Harhar. She also has this little scratch on the side her left eye.

Lia's mom is a hero

My mother('s womb) is a hero - coz that's where I'm from

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And thank goodness, these days I can be found reading books more than typing or clicking away in front of the laptop. I would much rather love to instill a love for books and reading in her than find her pre-school teacher telling me she refuses to learn to write or practice writing, saying “Why learn to write when I can type? And I can type really well too! I even chat with my papa when he is at work!”

Yes, teach by example. In that case, I might be finding myself with a violin in hand soon since I want her to play the violin instead of the piano as I had. 😐

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Mara Marasigan does Closer for Dulaang Lab

Theater By October 15, 2009 No Comments
Eric de la Cruz, Olive Nieto, Katte Sabate and Zaf Masahud

Eric dela Cruz, Olive Nieto, Katte Sabate and Zaf Masahud

I am a big fan of Closer (the film since it’s the only one I have seen) but it’s based on a play. Mara Marasigan chose to do Closer for her finals in Directing II, taught by Dr. Alexander Cortez, this semester. Since it has my friends acting in it, I am heading over there to watch it and show support. Hope you guys have a good time and break a leg!

CLOSER
Playwright: Patrick Marber
Direction: Mara Marasigan

Cast:
Eric Dela Cruz (Acting II finals under Dexter Santos)
Olive Nieto (Acting II finals under Dexter Santos)
Katte Sabate
Zaf Masahud

Photo lifted from Nieto’s Multiply site. Click here for more.

Hey guys, I wish you also had a poster! 😛

October  16, 3 & 7 pm
Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY), Faculty Center, UP Diliman

ADMISSION IS FREE!

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